Police initiatives to be outlined for Champaign council

Police initiatives to be outlined for Champaign council

CHAMPAIGN — Members of the Champaign City Council will learn about various programs recently implemented by the city's police department at a meeting Tuesday evening.

Following a bus tour of city capital improvement projects starting at 5 p.m., the council will return to its chambers at 7 p.m. for a study session.

Six recent initiatives by the Champaign Police Department are expected to be discussed at the study session:

— The department begun using intelligence-led policing methods, which include significant participation from citizens.

According to a memo by Deputy Police Chief Joe Gallo, police use a combination of information provided by the public and an analysis of crime data to identify crime problems in the city and develop solutions for those problems.

— Police have been working in conjunction with citizen groups, social-service agencies and the Champaign County State's Attorney's Office to address domestic-violence repeat offenders through a combination of education, prevention and enforcement.

— Champaign, Urbana and University of Illinois police are implementing a bicycle-violation division program, which allows a person to complete an online educational program instead of paying a fine.

— The police department has launched Facebook and Twitter accounts.

— Police hosted the first Police 101 session, a four-week mock police academy for adults.

— Police are working with community members to develop a strategic plan for the department. The plan will include an updated mission statement and a vision for the department for the next three to five years.

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